My daughter is an auditory learner — it's easier for her to learn when listening is involved. That's wonderful for learning to play an instrument or speak a second language, but it's proven to be more challenging when it comes to learning to spell.
My daughter loves to write: her head is full of fabulously imaginative stories, and in the early days of her schooling, her teachers praised her writing attempts. Like most young children, she relied heavily on spelling phonetically or spelling the way words sound. But because she is an auditory learner, she has no problems hearing the way words sound — unfortunately, more than half of the words in the English language are not spelled the way they sound! What my daughter needed was a transition to using her visual memory to identify if a written word looked correct.
We have been working on lots of strategies for developing this memory over the past two years, and today I'm sharing five activities that are all variations of one strategy. It's a strategy that my daughter, now nine years old, really enjoys. These activities are based on looking closely at the words on a page in order to see if the word looks "right." For the activities to be effective, your child will need to already be familiar with the words used.
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